Two men who got lost on Mount Shasta were located safe and sound after a two-day air rescue operation by CHP.
Northern Division Air Operations officers had to hoist the men via helicopter who got lost on the mountain Wednesday night.
“They were collapsing from energy,” CHP pilot Scott Grant said. “They didn't know exactly where they were, and their cell phone was at like 2 percent power.”
The two men were identified as 32-year-old Elddar Shaim and 27-year-old Yeldos Mukametz both of Honolulu.
Rescuers say they were found at about 12,000 feet just below Sargents Ridge.
The climbers attempted to go down the mountain but took an unknown route and got stuck due to steep, unstable terrain.
The climbers reported they could not ascend or descend without slipping or falling from their current location.
“So you always have the potential for slipping hazard and if someone slips,” CHP flight officer and paramedic Jonathan wion said. “It's basically a couple thousand foot tumble down to the bottom.”
The call for help came late in the day, forcing rescuers to have to split the operation into two days because of nightfall.
Shaim was rescued Wednesday evening, and they came back for Mukametz early Thursday morning.
It was a rescue that Wion says might not have been possible with their previous generation helicopters.
“And in order for a helicopter to perform a hoist rescue at that altitude, it definitely takes some power which our aircraft has that power and it enables us to do that,” Wion said.
Neither of the two men required medical attention and both were happily reunited after their ordeal.
But Grant did offer one piece of advice if heading out in the great outdoors.
Wear bright colors.
If you get lost, it could help rescuers locate you and make the difference between life and death.
“And when something does go wrong, waving it, movement really catches the human eye, catches our eye,” he said. “It allows us to find people much faster.”
Other supplies to take with you include a flashlight bright enough to be seen from the air, walkie talkies, a power bank for your cell phone and a standalone GPS unit which Grant said can save rescuers a lot of time.
“If they'd had a GPS position that was really accurate, we could have gone directly to them and likely executed both rescues before nightfall,” Grant said.